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Church +/- State (Part 1)

The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America

Church ± State\nA DIALOGUE\nThe Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America\nRichard John Neuhaus: The Naked\nPublic Square: Religion and\nDemocracy in America; Wm. B.\nEerdmans; Grand Rapids, MI.\nJames Hitchcock is professor of history\nat St. Louis University. His latest\nbook is The Pope and the Jesuits,\npublished by the National Committee\nof Catholic Laymen.\nGeorge M. Marsden is professor of\nhistory at Calvin College and editor\nof EvangeHsm in Modern America\n(Eerdmans).\n6/CHIiONICLES OF CULTURE\nby James Hitchcock\nIn writing The Naked Public Square,\nRichard John Neuhaus, a Lutheran\npastor, was undoubtedly conscious of\nLutheranism's potentially central role\nin mediating the religious-moral battles\nnow so conspicuous on the American\nscene. Liturgical and dogmatic,\nyet firmly evangelical, mainstream in\nsome of its American manifestations\nand quasi-sectarian in others, running\nthe gamut from the most sophisticated\ntheology to simple pietism, Lutheranism\nperhaps holds within itself the\npossibility of refereeing the conflicting\nclaims of Catholics and Evangelicals,\nliberals and fundamentalists.\nAlthough Neuhaus suggests Lutheranism's\npossible role briefly and tentatively\ntowards the end of the book,\nthere is a sense that he also realizes\nthat it is unlikely. His church's modest\nnumbers may themselves deny it such\na role, along with its concentration in\na relatively few geographical areas. Its\ntradition...

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